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NatureGirlgreat acclimatization tour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2016


Long approach from Ishinca basecamp, without technical difficulties, great acclimatization climb!
Posted Nov 26, 2016 3:13 pm

Matt LemkeVia ranrapalca col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2016

Matt Lemke

Climbed from ishinca refuge to summit in 5 hours. Fun little ice step at the very top. This was our acclimatization climb. Had great views of palcaraju.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 9:39 am

HeyItsBenUp the NW side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2015


Nice 'n' easy, though a little ways from base camp. Same as Urus, we carried our boots and wore runners up to the glacier. The final bit to the summit was steeper than expected, views were top notch.
Posted May 9, 2016 10:48 pm

Cloud OceanLong moraine from the refuge, easy peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015

Cloud Ocean

A long, long hike from the refuge to the base of the glacier. We took the circuitous way around the lake and across the valley from Tocclaraju. Some awesome views. The climb itself was not difficult, although there were plenty of crevasses. A short ~70 degree section at the top made the finish more interesting.
Posted Oct 25, 2015 6:50 am

Digglerlittle big mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2015


Eventful first Peruvian summit. Did with Rich.

After leaving the refugio (we'd hoped to camp, but the weather was so miserable on the approach that we caved instead of being miserable that night) at 6.05 (SEEMED like an early enough start!), made good time on the approach.

A 1 1/2 hour lunch didn't make up any time. We saw some climbers descending the 'standard' way as we headed up an alternate start up the glacier. When we arrived at the broken up part of the glacier right before the summit pyramid, the direct route didn't look like the most appealing way to go, so we headed over the plateau to see what might look more feasible. Got up a section that was reasonable to gain the upper part of the mountain.

Whilst heading for the summit pyramid, we went through a section of extremely unstable talus. A large block shifted & landed on Rich's ankle. Extremely fortunate that it wasn't broken (just a BAD sprain). Being a BAMF, he continued on.

Summited at 15.52 (summit cornice held :) ). It became obvious that clouds were moving in, so we left at 16.04 & booked.

Below summit pyramid, we followed others' footprints in hopes of a speedy (standard) descent. Rich's injury forced some shenanigans such as lowering over a crevasse to get to the other side. Visibility down to 10m or so at this point, & snowing. Became increasingly uneasy at the thought of doing an unplanned open bivy at 17,000 in a storm on a glacier, but was reassured that that wasn't going to happen (I didn't believe :) ).

We kept on going & finally made it off the glacier (still snowing, in the dark). After not finding the bridge across the converging glacial streams (fitting end of the 'day,' we ended up just fording), back at the refugio at 5.10.

Enjoyable climb up a mountain that would be a giant in most parts of the world :) with a good amigo. Spectacular views & a memorable day. Impressed by your ability to make it back like you did after a notable injury, man- props!
Posted Sep 10, 2015 10:25 am

andre hangaardSolitude in the Andes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2015

andre hangaard

After spending a night at the nice Ishinca hut we were good acclimatized for the climb. However, suddenly my climbing partner Mark got a struck of AMS and was not able to climb. Therefore I left the hut alone at 03:30 and worked my way up towards Ishinca. As I was not familiar with the route and due to darkness I decided to climb over the north-west slope which was easier to navigate. The bergschrund just before the summit did not cause a problem. I descended via the NW slopes. I encountered some steep sections and one bergschrund which called for some attention. I did not meet or see one singel soul for 8 hours. A lovely day.
Posted Sep 10, 2015 5:52 am

attimountanother nice one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2014


Went up by myself (not recommended), but there were many parties on the route.
Great vistas from the summit and such a pleasant trip when you do the loop.
Posted Jul 27, 2015 9:49 pm

viktor vaughngreat summit view
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2013

viktor vaughn

Very nice view from the summit.
July 2013 was very stable weatherwise in the Cordillera Blanca. Our team managed to climb Urus, Ichinca, Toclaraju (through the Bergshrund route), Huascaran Sul and Chopicalqui. We had to abandon halfway up the Pisco due to very bad weather.
Posted Jan 29, 2015 2:25 pm

Monster5summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013


up SW, down NW. Rani looks nice
Posted Nov 9, 2014 6:22 pm



We did the traverse from a high camp near a little lake for acclimatization. Unfortunatelly this was the only peak we summited in the Cordillera Blanca.
Posted Aug 19, 2014 1:55 pm

VivyenneNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2014


Easy night climb from base camp, full moon and clear skies, spectacular sunrise over Ranrapalca. Tiny summit, not helped by several large teams trying to stuff themselves all on the summit at the same time instead of waiting for others to descend. Beautiful views and an easy climb.
Posted Aug 15, 2014 12:40 pm

lutty11The Great Circumnavigation of Ishinca   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2014


Up NW down SW, made for a long morning. Climbed this in order to finalize acclimation and an attempt of Tocllaraju two days later!
Posted Jul 24, 2014 2:44 pm

mjp20kIce climbing at 5500m  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2011


Unusual conditions prompted scaling a 15 foot vertical ice wall on the far side of a summit bergschrund.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:06 pm

Ted EliasonUp the NW down the SW  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014

Ted Eliason

Way easier than Pisco. Mt Hood with a 10 mile approach 7,000 feet higher up.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 5:33 pm

markthejockNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2014


Going by the expressions on peoples faces as they toiled up the slopes and we descended, the decision to camp at the lake (rather than do it from base camp) definitely appeared to be a good one. A night at around 5000m to prepare for Tocllaraju climb, great views of the mountain in evening light and having no-one else around (after the 40 or 50 tents of base camp) made this a very pleasant experience.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 1:28 pm

CissaUp SW down NW  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2014


Not very good snow conditions, but a an interesting exercise for acclimatization. Moraine is endless.
Posted May 22, 2014 9:51 pm

HumbertoStraight up the middle!!  Sucess!


The last couple of days of our vacation we decided to climb Ishinca AND use the Refugio. After a month of cooking outside and sleeping on the floor this was a treat!!
Original plan was to go up the SW ridge and back but as we reached the bergschrund we saw the possibility to quickly skirt down and around to the right. Super glad we did that. A much more technical route that had us popping up a gully just below the summit ridge.
From there is was an easy walk down the NW slopes in perfect weather. Up and down in less than 24 hrs was a bit quick. Next time I'll take the time to explore the many bouldering opportunities along the way.
Posted Jul 25, 2013 10:46 pm

JakeGreat day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2013


Climbed via normal route with Jacek R. Great conditions and really nice climb with steep snow finish to the summit. Perfect views! Highly recommended!
Posted Jun 24, 2013 3:54 pm

CalLeft side- easy moraine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2013


Took the left side of the glacier from the Ishinca Lake refuge, which was easily accessed for lack of a difficult moraine (consider that most peaks are rated in difficulty for their glaciers but the moraine in the CB is often much more troublesome!).

The glacier was more or less a walk and without open crevasses (one burgeoning crack) but became a fun 55-60 degree, 35 meter slope on the final push. Perfect acclimation climb on a rare good weather day for such a bad weather season. Views of Ranrapalca.
Posted Jun 18, 2013 10:34 pm

AlbertoRampiniNW route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2002


Easy ascent, beautiful views.
Posted Dec 22, 2012 6:28 pm

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